A Big Attraction to Get Bigger, Better Facilities
The Bauhaus Archive building, a late Walter Gropius work, which opened in 1979 on Berlin`s Landwehrkanal, has become far too small to hold the world`s largest Bauhaus collection and its copious document archive. Many more visitors than originally anticipated flock to see exhibitions and special events, and their numbers are growing! To optimise future museum and archive operating standards, the building must be expanded. The Bauhaus Archive wants to stage more of its own events and offer a wider range of educational opportunities to extend its outreach. As space now only permits to show 35 percent of the museum`s holdings, improving the quality and quantity of the collectio`s public display will make visitor figures go from good to better.
With people from the entire world meeting at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, the extended venue will develop into a platform for an international exchange of ideas – into Gropius` vision of a laboratory of design, architecture and art. After more than 30 years, the building constructed in 1979 for the Bauhaus Archive and Design Museum according to plans by Walter Gropius is no longer large enough to hold the world's largest Bauhaus collection and extensive archive. The number of annual visitors to Museum exhibitions is much higher than originally projected. In order to meet the future needs of a modern museum and archive, our building must be expanded.